Vanderbilt Commodores

Bowl worthy: Vanderbilt upsets No. 24 Tennessee, 45-34

Kyle Shurmur threw for a career-high 416 yards, and Vanderbilt scored the final 21 points in an upset of No. 24 Tennessee 45-34 Saturday night that erased any doubts the Commodores belong in a bowl.

The Commodores (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) earned a bowl berth for the first time since 2013 thanks to their Academic Progress Rate (APR) score before kickoff. Then they went out and turned in the best offensive performance yet in picking up their sixth win this year and improving coach Derek Mason's best record in his third season.

"That's the way we wanted it," Mason said. "We wanted a victory. At the end of the day, we didn't want to sneak in the back...